General Practice Recruitment and Retention Grants - Round 2

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*IMPORTANT: The grant application period has now closed*

Primary Health Tasmania is launching a second round of grants to improve general practice capability to recruit and retain GPs.

In 2023 we provided a first round of grants to 19 general practices in north and north west Tasmania to strengthen their capability to recruit and retain GPs. We have now received Australian Government approval to open a second round of grants to practices in southern Tasmania, as well as to practices in the rest of the state who did not participate in round one.

As the funding pool for round two is significantly smaller than the first round the approved purposes for funding use have been tightened to ensure funding can be extended to the largest number of practices possible.

General practices located in Tasmania who did not participate in round 1 of the grants program are eligible to apply for grant funding to improve an identified area of development. Funding is limited and applications will be assessed on merit.

Practices are strongly encouraged to complete the AWARE tool as part of the application. This tool can be accessed at hrplustas.com.au/aware-gp.

Online information session

An online information session will be held at 11.00am on Wednesday 21 February 2024.

To attend the session you need to pre-register here.

In case you are unable to attend the session it will be recorded and be made available to view on this page.

Want to know more?

Read the Grant Guidelines document.

Attend the online information session or view the recording of the session once it is published on this page.

Post a question in the Q&A section below where we will provide an answer as soon as we can (all questions and answers will be shared on this page).

How to apply

Consider which in-scope activities you might use one-off funding for and why this is an area of need for your practice. The AWARE tool can assist your thinking in this area and can be accessed at hrplustas.com.au/aware-gp

Complete the Application Form outlining costs, rationale, timeframes and risks.

Submit your Application Form in the *OPEN* Submit grant application section below.

*IMPORTANT: The grant application period has now closed*

Primary Health Tasmania is launching a second round of grants to improve general practice capability to recruit and retain GPs.

In 2023 we provided a first round of grants to 19 general practices in north and north west Tasmania to strengthen their capability to recruit and retain GPs. We have now received Australian Government approval to open a second round of grants to practices in southern Tasmania, as well as to practices in the rest of the state who did not participate in round one.

As the funding pool for round two is significantly smaller than the first round the approved purposes for funding use have been tightened to ensure funding can be extended to the largest number of practices possible.

General practices located in Tasmania who did not participate in round 1 of the grants program are eligible to apply for grant funding to improve an identified area of development. Funding is limited and applications will be assessed on merit.

Practices are strongly encouraged to complete the AWARE tool as part of the application. This tool can be accessed at hrplustas.com.au/aware-gp.

Online information session

An online information session will be held at 11.00am on Wednesday 21 February 2024.

To attend the session you need to pre-register here.

In case you are unable to attend the session it will be recorded and be made available to view on this page.

Want to know more?

Read the Grant Guidelines document.

Attend the online information session or view the recording of the session once it is published on this page.

Post a question in the Q&A section below where we will provide an answer as soon as we can (all questions and answers will be shared on this page).

How to apply

Consider which in-scope activities you might use one-off funding for and why this is an area of need for your practice. The AWARE tool can assist your thinking in this area and can be accessed at hrplustas.com.au/aware-gp

Complete the Application Form outlining costs, rationale, timeframes and risks.

Submit your Application Form in the *OPEN* Submit grant application section below.

Q&A

You are welcome to post a question in the box below and we'll provide an answer as soon as we can (our responses are provided during office hours only - Monday to Friday).

It's important to note: (1) your question will not appear on this page until we have answered it, and (2) all questions and answers will be shared on this page.

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    Is there a date when Practices can expect to hear if they have been successful/unsuccessful in this grant round? Thankyou.

    Monica Laws asked 27 days ago

    Thank you for your question about Primary Health Tasmania’s General Practice Recruitment and Retention Grants - Round 2. There was significant interest in this grant round and we are currently working through the final stage our evaluation process to determine successful applicants. We expect to notify all applicants of the outcome late April 2024/next week.

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    Is there a date when Practices can expect to hear if they have been successful/unsuccessful in this grant round? Thankyou.

    KP asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. There has been significant interest in this grant round and we are currently working through our evaluation process to determine successful applicants. We expect to notify all applicants of the outcome of this grant round by mid to late April 2024.

  • Share We struggle to staff our clinic on Mondays and Fridays between 3pm-5pm. We have a lot of part-time GPs who are also parents of small children. Can this funding be used to pay them more to work on Mondays and Fridays between 3pm-5pm? on Facebook Share We struggle to staff our clinic on Mondays and Fridays between 3pm-5pm. We have a lot of part-time GPs who are also parents of small children. Can this funding be used to pay them more to work on Mondays and Fridays between 3pm-5pm? on Twitter Share We struggle to staff our clinic on Mondays and Fridays between 3pm-5pm. We have a lot of part-time GPs who are also parents of small children. Can this funding be used to pay them more to work on Mondays and Fridays between 3pm-5pm? on Linkedin Email We struggle to staff our clinic on Mondays and Fridays between 3pm-5pm. We have a lot of part-time GPs who are also parents of small children. Can this funding be used to pay them more to work on Mondays and Fridays between 3pm-5pm? link

    We struggle to staff our clinic on Mondays and Fridays between 3pm-5pm. We have a lot of part-time GPs who are also parents of small children. Can this funding be used to pay them more to work on Mondays and Fridays between 3pm-5pm?

    3 months ago

    This could be viewed as a retention issue and you may like to utilise or apply for some of this funding as a retention grant/as a one-off incentive to encourage your existing GP workforce to change their work pattern. You would need to articulate clearly in your application how your practice will benefit from what you are proposing. Primary Health Tasmania is trying to give you as much flexibility as possible to invest grant funding where it matters most to your practice.

  • Share Can this funding be used to upskill administration staff or practice management? on Facebook Share Can this funding be used to upskill administration staff or practice management? on Twitter Share Can this funding be used to upskill administration staff or practice management? on Linkedin Email Can this funding be used to upskill administration staff or practice management? link

    Can this funding be used to upskill administration staff or practice management?

    3 months ago

    Absolutely, administration staff and practice management play a key supporting role to GPs and if they are working at the top end of their scope then the GPs job can become easier and hopefully provides more access to patients on the ground.

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    Are visa sponsorship fees which we do as a clinic eligible?

    3 months ago

    If you do not have a process well underway then the timeframes of this grant funding process may not support what we would call/off-set a relocation grant. If you do not already have someone in the pipeline then you would not be able to invest the funding appropriately in the timeframe available. If you do have a GP that is currently in the pipeline and you might be having difficulty to getting it ‘over the bar’ then some one-off dollars as an incentive payment might help you do that and we would look at that as an assessment panel in your application.

  • Share Can the funds be used for a professional development course such as a diploma for 12 to 24 months which goes beyond the grant period? on Facebook Share Can the funds be used for a professional development course such as a diploma for 12 to 24 months which goes beyond the grant period? on Twitter Share Can the funds be used for a professional development course such as a diploma for 12 to 24 months which goes beyond the grant period? on Linkedin Email Can the funds be used for a professional development course such as a diploma for 12 to 24 months which goes beyond the grant period? link

    Can the funds be used for a professional development course such as a diploma for 12 to 24 months which goes beyond the grant period?

    3 months ago

    Preference will be given to activities which are completed by 28 June 2024. However, where the timeframe for the professional development activity exceeds this timeframe Primary Health Tasmania may consider this on a case-by-case basis (Primary Health Tasmania must ensure that it also meets its funding guidelines). 

  • Share We struggle in school holidays and recently had two locums whose cost, even if you break even, is high. Could the funding be used to pay for a locum? on Facebook Share We struggle in school holidays and recently had two locums whose cost, even if you break even, is high. Could the funding be used to pay for a locum? on Twitter Share We struggle in school holidays and recently had two locums whose cost, even if you break even, is high. Could the funding be used to pay for a locum? on Linkedin Email We struggle in school holidays and recently had two locums whose cost, even if you break even, is high. Could the funding be used to pay for a locum? link

    We struggle in school holidays and recently had two locums whose cost, even if you break even, is high. Could the funding be used to pay for a locum?

    3 months ago

    Is the funding going to make a lasting impact on your practice as it should? This may highlight a broader sustainability issue for your practice. Primary Health Tasmania would encourage you to consider investing grant funding in getting some business sustainability advice or some professional advice rather than just dealing with the symptom in that you are needing to use locums. As soon as the funding ends this issue may continue for you therefore the grant funding would not be making a sustainable difference to your practice.

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    What about nurse practitioner recruitment?

    3 months ago

    Nurse practitioners play a key role in supporting GPs in general practices. Primary Health Tasmania would consider proposals to bolster the supporting workforce in a general practice.

  • Share Can the funding be used to upskill and retain our practice nurse? on Facebook Share Can the funding be used to upskill and retain our practice nurse? on Twitter Share Can the funding be used to upskill and retain our practice nurse? on Linkedin Email Can the funding be used to upskill and retain our practice nurse? link

    Can the funding be used to upskill and retain our practice nurse?

    3 months ago

    Yes, the funding can be used for this purpose. Anything that you can do to bolster the supporting workforce around a GP may increase access to that GP for practices and may improve the working environment for an existing GP so that makes it part of the retention area of the grant funding.

  • Share Can you please advise when we might hear about practice managers doing a diploma course? on Facebook Share Can you please advise when we might hear about practice managers doing a diploma course? on Twitter Share Can you please advise when we might hear about practice managers doing a diploma course? on Linkedin Email Can you please advise when we might hear about practice managers doing a diploma course? link

    Can you please advise when we might hear about practice managers doing a diploma course?

    3 months ago

    In terms of this grant program we will not be assessing applications until the grant application period closes on Friday 8 March. Our aim is to assess applications and to get back to successful practices as quickly as possible.

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